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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923066/somatic-genomics-and-clinical-features-of-lung-adenocarcinoma-a-retrospective-study
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Jianxin Shi, Xing Hua, Bin Zhu, Sarangan Ravichandran, Mingyi Wang, Cu Nguyen, Seth A Brodie, Alessandro Palleschi, Marco Alloisio, Gianluca Pariscenti, Kristine Jones, Weiyin Zhou, Aaron J Bouk, Joseph Boland, Belynda Hicks, Adam Risch, Hunter Bennett, Brian T Luke, Lei Song, Jubao Duan, Pengyuan Liu, Takashi Kohno, Qingrong Chen, Daoud Meerzaman, Crystal Marconett, Ite Laird-Offringa, Ian Mills, Neil E Caporaso, Mitchell H Gail, Angela C Pesatori, Dario Consonni, Pier Alberto Bertazzi, Stephen J Chanock, Maria Teresa Landi
BACKGROUND: Lung adenocarcinoma (LUAD) is the most common histologic subtype of lung cancer and has a high risk of distant metastasis at every disease stage. We aimed to characterize the genomic landscape of LUAD and identify mutation signatures associated with tumor progression. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We performed an integrative genomic analysis, incorporating whole exome sequencing (WES), determination of DNA copy number and DNA methylation, and transcriptome sequencing for 101 LUAD samples from the Environment And Genetics in Lung cancer Etiology (EAGLE) study...
December 2016: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923043/clonal-evolutionary-analysis-during-her2-blockade-in-her2-positive-inflammatory-breast-cancer-a-phase-ii-open-label-clinical-trial-of-afatinib-vinorelbine
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Gerald Goh, Ramona Schmid, Kelly Guiver, Wichit Arpornwirat, Imjai Chitapanarux, Vinod Ganju, Seock-Ah Im, Sung-Bae Kim, Arunee Dechaphunkul, Jedzada Maneechavakajorn, Neil Spector, Thomas Yau, Mehdi Afrit, Slim Ben Ahmed, Stephen R Johnston, Neil Gibson, Martina Uttenreuther-Fischer, Javier Herrero, Charles Swanton
BACKGROUND: Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is a rare, aggressive form of breast cancer associated with HER2 amplification, with high risk of metastasis and an estimated median survival of 2.9 y. We performed an open-label, single-arm phase II clinical trial (ClinicalTrials.gov NCT01325428) to investigate the efficacy and safety of afatinib, an irreversible ErbB family inhibitor, alone and in combination with vinorelbine in patients with HER2-positive IBC. This trial included prospectively planned exome analysis before and after afatinib monotherapy...
December 2016: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922122/identification-of-critical-paralog-groups-with-indispensable-roles-in-the-regulation-of-signaling-flow
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Dezso Modos, Johanne Brooks, David Fazekas, Eszter Ari, Tibor Vellai, Peter Csermely, Tamas Korcsmaros, Katalin Lenti
Extensive cross-talk between signaling pathways is required to integrate the myriad of extracellular signal combinations at the cellular level. Gene duplication events may lead to the emergence of novel functions, leaving groups of similar genes - termed paralogs - in the genome. To distinguish critical paralog groups (CPGs) from other paralogs in human signaling networks, we developed a signaling network-based method using cross-talk annotation and tissue-specific signaling flow analysis. 75 CPGs were found with higher degree, betweenness centrality, closeness, and 'bowtieness' when compared to other paralogs or other proteins in the signaling network...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921081/a-fungus-specific-protein-domain-is-essential-for-rasa-mediated-morphogenetic-signaling-in-aspergillus-fumigatus
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Qusai Al Abdallah, Tiffany S Norton, Amy M Hill, Lawrence L LeClaire, Jarrod R Fortwendel
Ras proteins function as conserved regulators of eukaryotic growth and differentiation and are essential signaling proteins orchestrating virulence in pathogenic fungi. Here, we report the identification of a novel N-terminal domain of the RasA protein in the filamentous fungus Aspergillus fumigatus. Whereas this domain is absent in Ras homologs of higher eukaryotes, the N-terminal extension is conserved among fungi and is characterized by a short string of two to eight amino acids terminating in an invariant arginine...
November 2016: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921038/the-clinical-manifestation-and-management-of-autosomal-dominant-polycystic-kidney-disease-in-china
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REVIEW
Cheng Xue, Chen-Chen Zhou, Ming Wu, Chang-Lin Mei
BACKGROUND: Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is the most common monogenic hereditary kidney disease characterized by progressive enlargement of renal cysts. The incidence is 1-2‰ worldwide. Mutations in two genes (PKD1 and PKD2) cause ADPKD. Currently, there is no pharmaceutical treatment available for ADPKD patients in China. Summary: This review focused on advances in clinical manifestation, gene diagnosis, risk factors, and management of ADPKD in China. There is an age-dependent increase in total kidney volume (TKV) and decrease in renal function in Chinese ADPKD patients...
October 2016: Kidney Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920765/novel-pathways-for-ameliorating-the-fitness-cost-of-gentamicin-resistant-small-colony-variants
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Martin Vestergaard, Wilhelm Paulander, Bingfeng Leng, Jesper B Nielsen, Henrik T Westh, Hanne Ingmer
Small colony variants (SCVs) of the human pathogen Staphylococcus aureus are associated with persistent infections. Phenotypically, SCVs are characterized by slow growth and they can arise upon interruption of the electron transport chain that consequently reduce membrane potential and thereby limit uptake of aminoglycosides (e.g., gentamicin). In this study, we have examined the pathways by which the fitness cost of SCVs can be ameliorated. Five gentamicin resistant SCVs derived from S. aureus JE2 were independently selected on agar plates supplemented with gentamicin...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920385/sublethal-streptomycin-concentrations-and-lytic-bacteriophage-together-promote-resistance-evolution
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Johannes Cairns, Lutz Becks, Matti Jalasvuori, Teppo Hiltunen
Sub-minimum inhibiting concentrations (sub-MICs) of antibiotics frequently occur in natural environments owing to wide-spread antibiotic leakage by human action. Even though the concentrations are very low, these sub-MICs have recently been shown to alter bacterial populations by selecting for antibiotic resistance and increasing the rate of adaptive evolution. However, studies are lacking on how these effects reverberate into key ecological interactions, such as bacteria-phage interactions. Previously, co-selection of bacteria by phages and antibiotic concentrations exceeding MICs has been hypothesized to decrease the rate of resistance evolution because of fitness costs associated with resistance mutations...
January 19, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920066/new-concepts-for-an-old-problem-the-diagnosis-of-endometrial-hyperplasia
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REVIEW
Peter A Sanderson, Hilary O D Critchley, Alistair R W Williams, Mark J Arends, Philippa T K Saunders
BACKGROUND: Endometrial hyperplasia (EH) is a uterine pathology representing a spectrum of morphological endometrial alterations. It is predominantly characterized by an increase in the endometrial gland-to-stroma ratio when compared to normal proliferative endometrium. The clinical significance of EH lies in the associated risk of progression to endometrioid endometrial cancer (EC) and 'atypical' forms of EH are regarded as premalignant lesions. Traditional histopathological classification systems for EH exhibit wide and varying degrees of diagnostic reproducibility and, as a consequence, standardized patient management can be challenging...
December 4, 2016: Human Reproduction Update
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919627/randomized-phase-2-trial-of-pharmacodynamic-separation-of-pemetrexed-and-intercalated-erlotinib-versus-pemetrexed-alone-for-advanced-nonsquamous-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Tianhong Li, Bilal Piperdi, William V Walsh, Mimi Kim, Laurel A Beckett, Rasim Gucalp, Missak Haigentz, Venu G Bathini, Huiyu Wen, Kaili Zhou, Patricia B Pasquinelli, Srikanth Gajavelli, Meera Sreedhara, Xianhong Xie, Primo N Lara, David R Gandara, Roman Perez-Soler
BACKGROUND: Pharmacodynamic separation of pemetrexed and erlotinib avoids negative cellular interactions and results in antitumor synergy in erlotinib-resistant non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cells, independent of EGFR (epidermal growth factor receptor) genotype. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with platinum-treated metastatic nonsquamous NSCLC were randomly assigned 1:2 to pemetrexed alone (500 mg/m(2) provided intravenously on day 1) or pemetrexed followed by erlotinib (150 mg provided orally once daily on days 2-17) every 21 days...
October 28, 2016: Clinical Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919526/factors-related-to-the-development-of-acquired-von-willebrand-syndrome-in-patients-with-essential-thrombocythemia-and-polycythemia-vera
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A Rottenstreich, G Kleinstern, S Krichevsky, D Varon, D Lavie, Y Kalish
OBJECTIVE: We characterized acquired von Willebrand syndrome (AVWS) among essential thrombocythemia (ET) and polycythemia vera (PV) patients. METHODS: A review of patients with ET or PV evaluated for AVWS. RESULTS: Of 116 patients with ET, 64 (55%) developed AVWS; of 57 with PV, 28 (49%) developed AVWS. Median platelet counts of ET and PV patients who developed AVWS were 920×10(9)/L and 679×10(9)/L, respectively (P=0.01). Of patients who developed AVWS, 69...
December 2, 2016: European Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918826/long-term-protection-of-genetically-ablated-rabbit-retinal-degeneration-by-sustained-transscleral-unoprostone-delivery
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Nobuhiro Nagai, Eri Koyanagi, Yasuko Izumida, Junjun Liu, Aya Katsuyama, Hirokazu Kaji, Matsuhiko Nishizawa, Noriko Osumi, Mineo Kondo, Hiroko Terasaki, Yukihiko Mashima, Toru Nakazawa, Toshiaki Abe
Purpose: To evaluate the long-term protective effects of transscleral unoprostone (UNO) against retinal degeneration in transgenic (Tg) rabbits (Pro347Leu rhodopsin mutation). Methods: The UNO release devices (URDs) were implanted into the sclerae of Tg rabbits and ERG, optical coherence tomography (OCT), and ophthalmic examinations were conducted for 40 weeks. Unoprostone metabolites in retina, choroid/RPE, aqueous humor, and plasma from wild-type (Wt) rabbits were measured using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry...
December 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918265/an-international-invasive-meningococcal-disease-outbreak-due-to-a-novel-and-rapidly-expanding-serogroup-w-strain-scotland-and-sweden-july-to-august-2015
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Jay Lucidarme, Kevin J Scott, Roisin Ure, Andrew Smith, Diane Lindsay, Bianca Stenmark, Susanne Jacobsson, Hans Fredlund, J Claire Cameron, Alison Smith-Palmer, Jim McMenamin, Steve J Gray, Helen Campbell, Shamez Ladhani, Jamie Findlow, Paula Mölling, Ray Borrow
The 23rd World Scout Jamboree in 2015 took place in Japan and included over 33,000 scouts from 162 countries. Within nine days of the meeting ending, six cases of laboratory-confirmed invasive serogroup W meningococcal disease occurred among scouts and their close contacts in Scotland and Sweden. The isolates responsible were identical to one-another by routine typing and, where known (4 isolates), belonged to the ST-11 clonal complex (cc11) which is associated with large outbreaks and high case fatality rates...
November 10, 2016: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916885/development-of-genetic-testing-for-fragile-x-syndrome-and-associated-disorders-and-estimates-of-the-prevalence-of-fmr1-expansion-mutations
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REVIEW
James N Macpherson, Anna Murray
The identification of a trinucleotide (CGG) expansion as the chief mechanism of mutation in Fragile X syndrome in 1991 heralded a new chapter in molecular diagnostic genetics and generated a new perspective on mutational mechanisms in human genetic disease, which rapidly became a central paradigm ("dynamic mutation") as more and more of the common hereditary neurodevelopmental disorders were ascribed to this novel class of mutation. The progressive expansion of a CGG repeat in the FMR1 gene from "premutation" to "full mutation" provided an explanation for the "Sherman paradox," just as similar expansion mechanisms in other genes explained the phenomenon of "anticipation" in their pathogenesis...
November 30, 2016: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916360/combined-resection-and-rfa-in-colorectal-liver-metastases-stratification-of-long-term-outcomes
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Kazunari Sasaki, Georgios A Margonis, Nikolaos Andreatos, Yuhree Kim, Ana Wilson, Faiz Gani, Neda Amini, Timothy M Pawlik
BACKGROUND: Combined hepatic resection and radiofrequency ablation (resection-RFA) is a widely accepted multidisciplinary treatment for unresectable colorectal cancer liver metastases. Worse prognosis after resection-RFA is correlated to tumor morphology, although unfavorable morphology is inherent to this patient cohort. This study aimed to select patients who may or may not benefit from resection-RFA with the aid of tumor biology. METHOD: Data from 485 patients who underwent curative hepatectomy with or without concurrent RFA were retrospectively collected and analyzed...
November 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916141/dna-damage-in-peripheral-blood-lymphocytes-and-association-with-polymorphisms-in-the-promoter-region-of-the-cyp2e1-gene-in-alcoholics-from-central-brazil
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Jheneffer Sonara Aguiar Ramos, Alessandro Arruda Alves, Mariana Paiva Lopes, Thays Millena Alves Pedroso, Leandro Prado Felício, Wanessa Fernandes Carvalho, Fernanda Craveiro Franco, Caroline Oliveira Araújo Melo, Macks Wendhell Gonçalves, Thannya Nascimento Soares, Aparecido Divino da Cruz, Daniela de Melo E Silva
DNA damage caused by the accumulation of bio-products generated in the biotransformation of ethanol to acetaldehyde mediated by the CYP2E1 enzyme has been studied. To evaluate DNA damage in peripheral blood lymphocytes and the possible association with polymorphisms in the promoter region of the CYP2E1 gene, we performed a case-control study including 75 alcoholics and 59 individuals who consume alcohol socially. Alcoholics were previously diagnosed by the Psychosocial Care Center - Alcohol and Drugs (CAPS A/D) in the city of Goiania, Goias state, Central Brazil...
December 2016: Alcohol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915266/systematic-ajmaline-challenge-in-patients-with-long-qt-3-syndrome-caused-by-the-most-common-mutation-a-multicentre-study
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Stephan Hohmann, Boris Rudic, Torsten Konrad, David Duncker, Thorben König, Erol Tülümen, Thomas Rostock, Martin Borggrefe, Christian Veltmann
AIMS: Overlap syndromes of long QT 3 syndrome (LQT3) and the Brugada syndrome (BrS) have been reported. Identification of patients with an overlapping phenotype is crucial before initiation of Class I antiarrhythmic drugs for LQT3. Aim of the present study was to elucidate the yield of ajmaline challenge in unmasking the Brugada phenotype in patients with LQT3 caused by the most common mutation, SCN5A-E1784K. METHODS AND RESULTS: Consecutive families in tertiary referral centres diagnosed with LQT3 caused by SCN5A-E1784K were included in the study...
December 2, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914769/clinicopathological-and-molecular-characteristics-of-ku-70-80-expression-in-nigerian-breast-cancer-and-its-potential-therapeutic-implications
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Ayodeji O J Agboola, Henry O Ebili, Victoria O Iyawe, Adekunbiola A F Banjo, Babatunde A Salami, Emad A Rakha, Chrstopher C Nolan, Ian O Ellis, Andrew R Green
Ku 70/80 is a regulator of the Non-Homologous End Joining (NHEJ) roles in clinicopathological features, and has prognostic significance in breast cancer (BC) in Caucasian populations. However, its significance in the Nigerian BC population, which is characterized by a higher rate of the triple-negative and basal phenotype, p53 mutation rate and BRCA1 deficiency, still needs to be investigated. We hypothesize that Ku70/80 expression shows adverse expression in Nigerian BC and, furthermore, that it is likely to have a therapeutic implication for Black BC management...
October 25, 2016: Pathology, Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914687/braf-nras-kit-tert-gnaq-gna11-mutation-profile-analysis-of-head-and-neck-mucosal-melanomas-a-study-of-42-cases
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Şule Öztürk Sari, İsmaİl Yilmaz, Orhun Çiğ Taşkin, Gİzem Narli, Fatma Şen, Şenol Çomoğlu, Pinar Firat, Bİlge Bİlgİç, Dİlek Yilmazbayhan, Yasemİn Özlük, Nesİmİ Büyükbabanİ
Head and neck mucosal melanoma (HNMuM), which occurs mostly in the sinonasal and oral cavity, constitutes less than 1% of all malignant melanomas. Treatment options fail to improve the prognosis of this aggressive tumour that has low overall survival rates. Thus, development of new targeted therapies is essential. Unfortunately, limited data exist regarding their molecular profile. BRAF, NRAS, KIT, TERT and GNAQ/GNA11 oncogene mutations were investigated in 42 HNMuMs (28 sinonasal, 13 oral, 1 nasopharyngeal)...
November 30, 2016: Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914063/episweep-computationally-driven-reengineering-of-therapeutic-proteins-to-reduce-immunogenicity-while-maintaining-function
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Yoonjoo Choi, Deeptak Verma, Karl E Griswold, Chris Bailey-Kellogg
Therapeutic proteins are yielding ever more advanced and efficacious new drugs, but the biological origins of these highly effective therapeutics render them subject to immune surveillance within the patient's body. When recognized by the immune system as a foreign agent, protein drugs elicit a coordinated response that can manifest a range of clinical complications including rapid drug clearance, loss of functionality and efficacy, delayed infusion-like allergic reactions, more serious anaphylactic shock, and even induced auto-immunity...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913676/translational-control-by-mtor-independent-routes-how-eif6-organizes-metabolism
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REVIEW
Annarita Miluzio, Sara Ricciardi, Nicola Manfrini, Roberta Alfieri, Stefania Oliveto, Daniela Brina, Stefano Biffo
Over the past few years, there has been a growing interest in the interconnection between translation and metabolism. Important oncogenic pathways, like those elicited by c-Myc transcription factor and mTOR kinase, couple the activation of the translational machinery with glycolysis and fatty acid synthesis. Eukaryotic initiation factor 6 (eIF6) is a factor necessary for 60S ribosome maturation. eIF6 acts also as a cytoplasmic translation initiation factor, downstream of growth factor stimulation. eIF6 is up-regulated in several tumor types...
December 15, 2016: Biochemical Society Transactions
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